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Cover crops

CORDT HOLUB

BUCKINGHAM — Being the fourth generation farming in northern Tama County, it’s been a privilege to help preserve this rich soil which has formed over hundreds of years. I have found on my farm that cover crops might be an answer.

Cover crops include a wide array of plants either flown on, drilled or spread with a machine. These plants will then grow once crops such as corn or beans have been harvested. These plants protect from soil erosion and nutrient loss as well. Plus, these plants can extended grazing in the fall and winter months for livestock.

On my farm, I have recently enlisted in a program through the NRCS to help me get started implementing cover crops on my ground. Programs like these are extremely important especially in this down farming economy. It’s vital we have voluntary implementation of practices like these with each farm having their own means of production, techniques and points of break-even.

Through voluntary programs, farms across the state can help do their part in preserving our vital resources. We need to thank our state legislators for recently passing Senate File 512 which will help fund these practices like I will be able use.

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